Thursday, November 26, 2015

Black Friday Book Bonanza Giveaway

Black Friday Book Bonanza
Welcome to the 5th Annual Black Friday Book Bonanza hosted by Bookshelfery and Caffeinated Book Reviewer.

The Important Details:
1. This giveaway runs over the Thanksgiving weekend from November 27 - 30.
2. My giveaway is open INT.
3. See the complete list of official giveaway rules HERE.
Good luck! Don't forget to hop around to the other 60+ participating blogs.

I am giving to one lucky winner any eBook (or combination of eBooks) of your choice from Amazon, valued up to $15!

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Wednesday, November 25, 2015

2015 Series Ender Reading Challenge: November Wrap Up

Time for our elevnth Monthly Wrap Up for the 2015 Series Enders Reading Challenge hosted by Sandy @ Somewhere Only We Know and Holly @ Words Fueled by Love!

Since posting the 2015 Series Enders Reading Challenge - October Wrap Up, Sandy hasn't finished any series enders. Holly finished one series ender: Sacrifice of Mercy (Cambion, # 5) by Shannon Dermott.

Which series enders did you finish? Link up below. Don't forget to include the title, your name, & your blog name (Ex: Requiem - Sandy @ Somewhere Only We Know) Also, the November giveaway runs from November 25th - December 25th. On December 25th we will use and the linky entries to pull a winner.

Waiting on Wednesday: The Glittering Court

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly post hosted by Breaking the Spine.
Each week bloggers participate to share a book they can't wait to get their hands on.

This week I'm waiting on:

The Glittering Court #1 by Richelle Mead
Expected Publication: April 5, 2016 by Razorbill
Preorder Buy Link: Amazon
A dazzling new fantasy series set in a mix of Elizabethan and frontier worlds that’s dripping with romance from Richelle Mead, #1 internationally bestselling author of Vampire Academy.

Big and sweeping, spanning the refined palaces of Osfrid to the gold dust and untamed forests of Adoria, The Glittering Court tells the story of Adelaide, an Osfridian countess who poses as her servant to escape an arranged marriage and start a new life in Adoria, the New World. But to do that, she must join the Glittering Court. 

Both a school and a business venture, the Glittering Court is designed to transform impoverished girls into upper-class ladies capable of arranging powerful and wealthy marriages in the New World. Adelaide naturally excels in her training and even makes a few friends: the fiery former laundress Tamsin and the beautiful Sirminican refugee Mira. She manages to keep her true identity hidden from all but one: the intriguing Cedric Thorn, son of the wealthy proprietor of the Glittering Court.

When Adelaide discovers that Cedric is hiding a dangerous secret of his own, together, they hatch a scheme to make the best of Adelaide’s deception. Complications soon arise—first, as they cross the treacherous seas from Osfrid to Adoria, and later, when Adelaide catches the attention of a powerful governor.

But no complication will prove quite as daunting as the potent attraction simmering between Adelaide and Cedric. An attraction that, if acted on, would scandalize the Glittering Court and make them both outcasts in wild, vastly uncharted lands. . . .
What are you waiting on this week?

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Teaser Tuesday #116: The Book of Ivy

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly post hosted by MizB of A Daily Rhythm.

Anyone can play along. Just go HERE to learn how to participate.

This week my teasers come from 
The Book of Ivy #1 by Amy Engel
Teasers: "Don't fake it on my account, Ivy." he says, his words clipped. "That's not what I want. And it shouldn't be what you want, either."
(Loc 26%, 854 of 3363)

What are you reading this week?
Share a teaser with me!

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Sunday Post #152

Sunday Post is a weekly post hosted by Kimba the Caffeinated Book Reviewer.
Each week bloggers participate to share any books received and news from their week.

Click on the book covers to be taken to its Goodreads page. The Buy Link, if available, is below each book cover.

Forbidden (Arotas Trilogy #1) by Amy Miles
Buy Link: Amazon (FREEBIE at time of purchase)


Review - November 9 by Colleen Hoover (5 stars) 



ARC Thursday Review - Stepping Stones by Kacey Vanderkarr (3.5 stars)

Tentative Posts:
Teaser Tuesday
Waiting on Wednesday
Feature & Follow
Planned Posts:
Review - The Book of Ivy by Amy Engel
ARC Thursday Review - Crystallum by Laney McMann
Black Friday Book Bonanza GIVEAWAY

This weekend I took my kids to see Mockingjay Part 2. I probably won't write up a review for my From-Books-to-Movies feature, simply because it's just been too long since I read the book. As best as I can remember, the movie stays mostly true to the book, but I can't trust my memory these days. We thoroughly enjoyed it! Lots of action, lots of emotions, a few down time moments, several jump-out-at-you-and-scare-you moments. And the ending had a quote that the book had which I loved. For a 4:30 matinee twilight deal showing in our local Carmike theater on the BigD screen, it was a pretty packed theater. I was pleased to see that. From what I hear the movie didn't rate high in some ratings. I would have to disagree with poor ratings. I would easily give it 4 out of 5 stars for an ending to the series!

If you are reading last books in a series you should participate in the 2015 Series Ender Reading Challenge! Anyone can sign up to participate until December 2015! Go HERE for full details and to sign up. We have a giveaway EVERY month open to those that link up reviews.
Enjoy your week!
Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, November 19, 2015

*ARC* Stepping Stones - Review

Stepping Stones (The Stone Series Book 1)

By: Kacey Vanderkarr

Published: August 25, 2015 by Urban Fey Press

269 pages

Source: Netgalley ARC from publisher

(Goodreads / Amazon)

Onnaleigh Moore is part of a plan—and it isn’t hers. When her brother dies in a car accident, Onna is desperate to preserve the tatters of her family. Any hope of finding normalcy vanishes when her mother runs off and her dad turns to booze to numb his pain. Onna’s grief is crippling, but the boy who showed up just when she needed him is helping her cope. 

Everett’s presence is comforting, though he knows things—Onna’s name just before they met, where she lives, and sometimes he comments on thoughts she doesn’t say aloud. She pegs him for a stalker, or maybe psychic, but the truth is deadlier than she imagines. As their feelings for one another deepen, Everett confesses a horrifying secret: Onna’s brother is only the beginning of the plan, and some fates are worse than death.
I really loved the idea of this book. It was original (to me) by using beings that are not angels, known as the Guides, Comforters and Healers. It was a different take than I was traditionally familiar with. And I liked that. It's hard to find new ideas for characters in books. Typically, we see the same type of things being written about with new (or similar) twists. But the concept of this, for me, was not one I had read of before. I loved Everett and his connection with Onna and I definitely want to see where the next book goes.

The cover doesn't really match up with the description. On one hand you think oh, contemporary romance with the cover, but there is a paranormal theme to this story.

The story follows Onna who is an 18 year old girl, a senior in high school, whose world comes crashing down around her, in what would appear to be a serious of seriously unfortunate events, beginning with the death of her brother. In the midst of her grief, a very handsome Italian boy shows up knowing things he shouldn't know.

I read through this fairly quickly so don't misunderstand about my feelings on it. But this is one of those books I don't have a ton to say about it. I wasn't blown away by anything. It didn't touch any deep emotional spots for me. But it was enjoyable.

I have a pet peeve that occurred in this book that I need to vent about. It's one that happens fairly regular in stories. And it annoys me to no end! I get very irritated with characters, typically this is seen in the females, where they know something is going on with their love interest and they make a declaration like this: "I'll keep an open mind and listen to everything they have to say, especially when I know they have secrets they are wanting to finally open up about." And then a couple pages later this reaction occurs: "I can't believe you kept that from me! How dare you! I never want to speak to you or see you again!" UGH - I'm weary of this reaction. Either don't make promises you won't keep, think before you speak, or really follow through and keep an open mind before making hasty decisions! This type of behavior is beyond annoying to me!

If you're a fan of books with a forbidden romantic interest and paranormal beings then give it a read!

Favorite Quotes:
"The opposite of love is indifference, and I refuse to be indifferent."

"Sometimes," Everett whispered, "it's about the journey, not the destination."

Loving someone is about seeing all their flaws and accepting them. It doesn't mean that lying is ever okay; it just means that you're a big enough person to realize that we all make mistakes. The road to happiness isn't paved with golden bricks. It's broken and dangerous and impossible.

"I love you enough to chase you across the universe. I love you enough to fight."

Language Rating: 1.5 (light to medium)
Mature Content Rating: 1 (light)
Final Rating: 3.5 stars

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Waiting on Wednesday: Oblivion

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly post hosted by Breaking the Spine.
Each week bloggers participate to share a book they can't wait to get their hands on.

This week I'm waiting on:

Oblivion (Lux #1.5) by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Expected Publication: December 1, 2015 by Entangled: Teen
Preorder Buy Link: Amazon
Get ready to experience the first three books in the NYT Bestselling Lux series from Daemon's point-of-view. Plus all new, never-before-seen content!! From the meet-cute, to the first kiss, to falling in love-experience this breakout/YA sensation like never before.
*Disclaimer: I'm not really a fan of this book cover. I get irritated by novellas costing me anything - especially $6.99! BUT having said that, I LOVED this series and will most definitely purchase this to read Daemon's POV.

What are you waiting on this week?
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